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Islands’ Spirit Rising

Reclaiming the Forests of Haida Gwaii

Set in the rich natural, cultural, and political landscape of Haida Gwaii, Islands’ Spirit Rising examines the long-term conflict over the islands’ ancient forests and recent events that unfolded in the context of collaborative land-use planning. In response to threats posed by a century of logging, a local Indigenous-environmental-community movement built enough momentum to challenge the multinational forest industry and the political structures enabling it. This book traces the evolution of this dynamic force, from the early days of Haida resistance to the modern context of alliances, legal battles, and evolving forms of governance.

264 pages

Table of Contents

1 Navigating Change on Haida Gwaii

2 The Nature of Power

3 Clash of Nature, Culture, and Economics

4 War in the Woods: 1974-2001

5 Collaborative Planning in the Face of Conflict

6 Actors and Interests

7 State of the Land and Community

8 Recommendations and the Widening Gap

9 Uprising

10 New Political Landscape

Appendix; Notes; References; Index

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